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How to Build Fredric Aasbo's Drift Toyota Corolla iM!

Make yourself comfortable and take a DEEP dive with Mike Kojima as he walks around Fredric Aasbo's 2017 Formula Drift Toyota Corolla iM with the legendary builder and team owner Stephan Papadakis!  Learn what goes into building one of the most technologically advanced cars in the 2017 Formula D field!


 

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We Look Inside Fredric Aasbo's Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla iM Drift Machine

by Mike Kojima

It is really hard to build a competitive car in Formula Drift nowadays. The rules set is mature, and the competition is ruthlessly tough. When even the best teams develop a new platform, it can take a whole season to sort a new chassis out. A radically different chassis can take a couple of seasons for even a top team to get competitive. Not so for Papadakis Racing and their Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM that they built for 2015 Formula Drift Champion, Fredric Aasbo.


 

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WATCH: Project V8 RX-7 gets ARP wheel studs, wheel spacers and a new set of nuts!

We were so excited about our new Sikky shifter video that we almost forgot to show you exactly how we approached new lug studs and spacers for the rear. We did a pretty good job guessing what offset would give us that perfect flush fitment of our SSR SP4 wheels on our Rocket Bunny widebody RX-7, but there was still room for improvement! We took care of all that with a set of 10mm FIC spacers, new ARP wheel studs and Muteki lug nuts!


 

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WATCH: Project V8 RX-7- Sikky T56 Magnum Shifter Install!

5 years ago we installed Sikky Manufacturing's original T56 Magnum relocation shifter, and it served us well, but now they've updated the design. We got our hands on one to compare and install in Project V8 RX-7! Click to watch and see more!


 

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MotoIQ Takes a Trip to [HOONIGAN] With Project V8 RX-7 and Project Civic EP3 Si!

Wild burnouts, fun games and plenty of laughs. These are all things to be expected when watching an episode of the Daily Transmission on [HOONIGAN]'s YouTube channel. What they didn't expect was MotoIQ Editor-In-Chief, Mike Kojima, to come and enlighten everyone with some suspension knowledge and history. Click to watch to see what all happened!


 

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Straight From Japan: Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R

by Alvin Miles Jr. 

What started as a highly sought after performance choice in Japan, turned into an eight-second, 1000 horsepower drag build before leaving the Japanese shores. After being imported into sunny California's traffic-filled lands, simplicity was re-envisioned for the sake of drivability and enjoyment. This R33 GT-R is reminiscent of its history while being driven and appreciated in the States. 


 

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Pinnacle of Charm - James Deane’s Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15

by Andrew Jennings

A multi-time champion for nearly a decade in Europe, James Deane came to Formula D for his first full-year campaign in 2017. The season isn’t quite over, and he has already lived up to his reputation, outgunning the best in the business weekend after weekend. Here we break down the finer points of his partner in crime: the Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15.


 

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Sneak Peek: Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles

by Khiem Dinh

The Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles is just a mile down from my work office, so a few of us go there for lunch every couple weeks. There’s always some type of awesome race machinery in the lobby, and the cars are changed out every so often. There were some particularly tasty cars on this trip, so I whipped out the camera for some quickie snaps.


 

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K-Tuned Integra Type R Update: The Road to Super Lap Battle

James Houghton and His Integra Type R

by Frank Ewald

The Integra Type R is and always has been an amazing car. Over the seasons that I have been writing about James Houghton's Type R, I have been amazed at how this driver and this car come back year after year, both of them better and faster, and have been pulling off amazing victories. He may not have always finished at the top of the podium, but he is absolutely on the podium and in contention! Lavigne Motorsports has focused upon fine tuning every aspect of the K-Tuned Integra Type R to enable it to be competitive. James is the first to admit that the competition with his long time friend and neighbour, William Au-Yeung, has been incredible and has pushed him to develop the Acura Integra Type R. Rumour has it that more cars are being built to tackle James and Will head on. There is no question, this is a moment in Time Attack where James is absolutely battling time. The real question is how does he keep getting faster!


 

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Cars, Bikes, and Excellent Road Surfaces: Epic Euro Trip- First Leg

by Corbin Goodwin

Seizing a chance to finally experience a grand slog through the fabled old world, I set out to see if there was any merit to the machinery, laws, and landscapes of the greater European continent.


 

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TESTED: Ford Performance Cat-Back Exhaust and GT350 Valence

by Billy Johnson

The Ford Mustang may be the best-selling sports car in the world at the time of this writing, yes you read that right, but it is far from the best sounding sports car in the world. We reached out to Ford Performance for their far more attractive and aggressive M-5200-M8TBV Touring Exhaust System and GT350 lower valence with integrated quad-tips to improve the looks and sound of our S550 Mustang GT.


 

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Chris Boersma: Record Breaking, 600 HP Turbo B-Series K-Tuned Civic

by Frank Ewald

Global Time Attack. GridLife. CSCS. East Coast. West Coast. Canada. Winning! New Record!

That is the article, folks, and you can stop reading there if you want as that essentially summarizes what happens when Chris is out racing. Of course, there is much that goes on before, during, and after each of this winning outings. So much so, that even though we just wrote about the Civic shortly after the SuperLap Battle of 2016, it is time for a mid-season update that includes some of the off-season preparations. So do not leave, as I was just joking about that being all there is to read. There is a ton of stuff that Chris has done to the newly sponsored K-Tuned Civic that you will want to know.


 

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Fabricated Exhaust ... on a Grand Caravan!

by Frank Ewald

The first question you have to be asking is 'Why'? The second is what kind of performance driving is going on here? The third has to be 'Why'! The answer is simply because it is better and actually easier. The answer is also like grandfather like grandson - I have a modified car, so he wants a modified van. I should explain that this is my grandson's van. As he is only two and a half, he certainly is not behind the wheel, but he identifies the vehicles in the driveway as daddy's car, Emmett's van, and in the garage... mommy's lawnmower! So, when Emmett's van started demonstrating excessive noise from the exhaust, we started making plans to make it better. That is what we do at MotoIQ, even if it is a mini-van.


 

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TESTED: CXC Simulations Motion Pro II Driving Simulator!

by Karla Pestotnik

Let's say you are a serious or professional racecar driver with a race coming up at a track that you have never been to, or perhaps it has been years since you drove there last. You wouldn't show up to the track without doing any research about the course. You wouldn't expect to qualify first while learning where the course turns left and right in that field of 35 very talented and hungry racers for that top podium step. You do whatever your routine is for learning a new course and do your best to prepare before you strap in the racecar for the first practice day at the track. 

Many serious and professional racers spend hours on a driving simulator to help aid in this preparation. However, the more accurate and realistic the simulator is, the more that can be learned. In search of the most accurate driving simulator virtually possible, we stopped by our friends at CXC Simulations in Los Angeles to give their Motion Pro II Simulator a try. What contributes to higher accuracy in a simulator? Read on to find out!


 

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AES Auto: A Civic for Street and Strip!

by Frank Ewald

Two years ago, we first met the AES Auto team at Mission Raceway Park. That chance meeting has resulted in many hours of joint work on projects and the enjoyment of a great group of car enthusiasts. At the centre of it all is the shop - AES Auto. In the shop is the quarter mile car. The AES Auto Civic is an ongoing work in progress. It's currently a ten second car that runs consistent 140 mph passes in the quarter mile. It's a street car. And, it has served as a tow truck to move disabled vehicles about the shop yard.


 

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27

Nerd Alert! Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Engine

by Khiem Dinh

As we are sure many of you have heard, the little car company that could, Mazda, has announced their Skyactiv-X engine with the technology to run Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). Two major challenges to make HCCI work: timing of the combustion and smooth transition between HCCI and regular spark ignition. The HCCI combustion process has been researched for decades, but the technology to bring an engine using HCCI to market has been elusive until now.

So how did Mazda do it? We are going to take a few guesses, but as with most technologies, it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, we would say Mazda’s first big step was a few decades ago. The final piece of the puzzle is a technology Mazda has called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), and we will exclusively get into how that ties into making HCCI work.


 

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Italy Road Trip! Cruising in a Fiat 500L 

by Khiem Dinh

So, I did a thing where I said some words, exchanged some rings, and eventually hopped on a plane to Italy! The wife and I probably could have taken trains to get around, but we’re MIQ, we drive. And, when you’re in Italy, you drive a Fiat if you’re a person of normal means. Plus, the Ferrari 488 didn’t fit our luggage. So, I’m going to fill you in a bit on the 500L and some tips and tricks for driving Italy. 


 

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1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II Retrospective Part 1: Introduction, Intrigue, and Quirks in Abundant Supply

by Corbin Goodwin

The rationale for modifying a Rolls Royce explained, and we shine some light on the design and features of this old British brute. Stay tuned to see the unique plans we have for this 1979 Silver Shadow II!


 

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People’s Choice Car Show and Parade of Garages

by Pablo Mazlumian

During this time of the year, every week in the Kansas City area you'll find multiple car shows or meets to feast your eyes on. I went to this one not expecting to see much, but a few minutes into I had to grab some shots to show our readers. Check out this tremendous mix of cars, ranging from current and old-school muscle, to exotics and hot rods, to Jeeps with machine guns, and a garage parade! Enjoy flipping through the cars and garages of the Carriage Houses of Johnson County and KC Automotive Museum. If you make it to the last page, tell us what you think of our new styling updates on one of our Midwest garages!


 

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TESTED: BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil

by Billy Johnson

Changing out the factory transmission fluid for a higher performance oil is a common solution to reduce the notchy-ness and improve shifting feel. This is especially important in the Getrag MT-82 used in the 2011-2017 Ford Mustang. While we already changed out the trans fluid in our test car, Tim at OPMustang.com said I “HAD TO” try the BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil. I wasn’t really motivated, since the current Royal Purple Synchromax was already a big improvement over stock, but Tim offered to buy me a steak dinner if I didn’t think there was an improvement, so I gave it a try.


 

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